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Get rid of Privy Council

By ANDRE BAGOO Tuesday, March 11 2014

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HANDS IN THE AIR: Chief Justice Ivor Archie, seated at right, raises his hand in support of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) replacing the London-...
HANDS IN THE AIR: Chief Justice Ivor Archie, seated at right, raises his hand in support of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) replacing the London-...

CHIEF Justice Ivor Archie yesterday indicated his full support for the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) replacing the London based Privy Council as this country’s final court of appeal.

“Let me see by a show of hands all those who are in favour of the CCJ,” asked journalist Sunity Maharaj, panellist in yesterday’s inaugural Wendell Kangaloo Memorial Discussion at the Aubrey Fraser Lecture Theatre, Hugh Wooding Law School in St Augustine.

In response, several persons in the lecture hall, including the sitting head of the Judiciary who is a former student of the Hugh Wooding Law School, raised their hands.

Yesterday’s panel discussion was on the topic: “Caribbean Court of Justice: Final Court of Appeal?” It was organised by Hugh Wooding Law School student Christopher Foderingham-Garraway in honour of Justice Kangaloo who died last July at the age of 57 after a prolonged period of illness in the wake of a vehicular accident.

Kangaloo’s brother Colin Kangaloo yesterday said Wendell, a former Justice of Appeal, was strongly in favour of making the CCJ the highest court. “It was an issue which he felt passionate about,” Colin told the group of students and members of the Judiciary. “He thought it was important that we not consider ourselves inferior to any other jurisdiction.” He noted Wendell had among his last statements before his death, welcomed a move toward the CCJ.

Law School Principal Miriam Samaru observed, “Since 1970, the region has been discussing a regional court of appeal. Today, in 2014, only three states have accepted the CCJ as the highest court of appeal.” Of Wendell Kangaloo, she remarked, “I am sure he is with us now in spirit and I am sure he would have been proud of Christopher (Foderingham-Garraway).”

Foderingham-Garraway said, “I hope that this event can become a longstanding legacy of the Hugh Wooding Law School.” At yesterday’s event was also former Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj SC who said he supported the CCJ, though under his tenure it was not made the final court. “I am for the CCJ but the question is the process,” Maharaj said.

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